FCC Seeks to Lower Inmate Calling Rates


(08/21/2013)
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed an order on Aug. 6 that would reduce the rates of inmate calls, cut off payments to prisons and jails for commissions and weaken correctional security.

Students and Inmates Collaborate on Construction Project

By Maggie Ryan
(08/21/2013)
Students from Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture teamed up with inmates at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville to construct a set of classrooms on the ICIW campus. These multipurpose outdoor classrooms will be located in the center of the new 30-acre campus.

Coffee County Plans to Use Old Jail

By Maggie Ryan
(08/01/2013)
A new jail in Coffee County, Tenn., is currently under construction. The $22 million project is slated to be complete in August 2014.

Nebraska State Penitentiary Implements New Health Programs


(06/19/2013)
New medical screening procedures and in-house programs are being implemented in Nebraska penitentiaries as the number of inmates age 50 and older increases. The demand for new operations programs comes from the justice system’s heightened strive to crack down on crime. This, according to experts, has caused the significant increase in older inmates over the years.
 

The GEO Group Looks to Expand in Montgomery County


(06/11/2013)
After finalizing its purchase of a 1,287-bed detention facility in Montgomery County, Texas, private prison corporation The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Fla., is looking to purchase a second federal prison in the area.
 

East Mississippi Correctional Facility Faces Class-Action Lawsuit


(06/05/2013)
Mississippi is currently under scrutiny for the “less than ideal” conditions at East Mississippi Correctional Facility in Lauderdale County, Miss., near Meridian, Miss.
 

Ala. Leaders Discuss Possible Women’s Prison


(06/05/2013)
Alabama is trying to make room for female inmates in Calhoun County, Ala., as local leaders are starting a new campaign to push for the creation of a new women’s state correctional facility.
 

Texas Bill Aims to Divert Inmates with Mental Illnesses


(05/29/2013)
The Texas House of Representatives and Senate have approved a pilot program that would provide inmates with mental illnesses with additional resources in social, clinical, housing and welfare services in the first weeks after release.
 

Iowa DNA Sampling Bill Goes to Governor


(05/15/2013)
A bill that would require Iowa offenders over the age of 18 who have been convicted of certain misdemeanors to provide a DNA sampling has gone to the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad for approval.
 

Texas Legislators Debate Closure of Correctional Facilities


(05/02/2013)
Republican legislators of Texas and local officials are fighting to keep doors open at two state correctional facilities slated to close due to fiscal infeasibility while also attempting to purchase an additional correctional facility.